Mapping Shows Correlation Between Bars and Violent Crime

August 13, 2009 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

Analysts in Huntington, West Virginia, revealed at a recent city council meeting that they have found a correlation between bars in downtown Huntington and the location of violent crimes. As you can see in the picture at the right, they found that two major bar clusters (in blue) had significant overlap with clusters of recent violent crime (in red).

They are quick to point out that this analysis does not show a causal relationship between alcohol consumption and violent crime, but it does show a spatial correlation between bar locations and areas of high violent crime.


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